Today’s article rounds out my coverage of the four main turtles in Playmates’ new Nickelodeon line. Don’t worry, I still have a couple more characters to look at before I’m done with the line though. But Reviewapalooza II is far from over, so don’t forget to check back for our last few updats this week!
I’ve already reviewed Leo, Raph, and Don, and if you read those reviews you probably have a good idea what I’m going to say about Mikey. He’s never been my favorite turtle, but this is still a really good figure of him.
Like the rest of his brothers, Mikey is a completely new sculpt. I know I’ve said it three times before, but I really do love that the four brothers are unique sculpts. It gives each figure their own unique character, which makes them seem a bit more important than just a basic body with head modifications.
Mikey’s uniqueness is clearly visible. He’s the shortest of all four turtles. Not just by a little either, before I even lined them all up I could see that he’s noticeably smaller. I’m guessing he’ll be shorter on the new cartoon, but I’m glad Playmates chose to make also. This definitely gives his figure a more immature look, especially compared to Don. It also sediments that he’s their “little” brother.
Like the others, Mikey’s head sculpt is a bit of a call back to his original figure. The right side of his mouth is more open and showing gritted teeth. I like that these figures are so expressive, but sometimes it comes off a little weird. The right side of Mike’s face definitely has an angry or determined look, while the left side is happier and even possibly smiling. Leo has a bit of this problem too. It’s not a huge deal, but it does make me pay close attention to which side of the face is showing while I’m posing them.
Mikey’s paint job also gives him that unique feel among his brothers. He’s molded in a light color, like Don, but his green is definitely more vivid. It made him a bit tricky taking pictures because the light would reflect off of him, making him even brighter.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but all four turtles also have different colors of brown used on their elbow and knee pads. Again, it’s just another little touch that gives the figures their distinctive feel. Continue to page 2…